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Crucial M4 New 0009 Firmware Update Steps up Speeds by 20%

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  1. btarunr

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    A new firmware update by Crucial for its M4 series SATA 6 Gb/s SSDs was released last weekend, marked 0009. The new firmware, applicable to Crucial M4 SSD models CT064M4SSD2 (64 GB), CT0128M4SSD2 (128 GB), CT0256M4SSD2 (256 GB), and CT0512M4SSD2 (512 GB), packs a large number of changes. To begin with, the update is said to increase sequential read speeds by 20%. Tests run by SSD Review verify this. PCMark Vantage Disk performance is also increased.

    The new firmware also works to increase throughput performance, lower write latency, wider compatibility with latest chipsets (AHCI modes), and fixes various kinds of cold-boot failures. The firmware lowers SATA speed negotiation time with host controllers, resulting in faster boot. Depending on the model, the 0009 firmware update for Crucial M4 series SSDs can be downloaded from here.

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    Unbelievable! Pretty good FW update it seems!
    Now we need something like that for the Vertex 3 too! OCZ *wink,wink*;)
     
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    Been using this for a few days. Boot went from 39 to 32 seconds and read went from 435 to 508.
     
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    wow nice update...
     
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    nice update indeed.
     
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    I showed my dad this and he's going to flash his 64GB M4 tonight, hopefully. Haven't benched the drive at all because I don't know of a safe method to do so for SSDs. Hope it makes as much of a difference as is claimed.
     
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    I was already eyeballing these for their price/perf over the Sandforce 2000 drives, and this just made them even more appealing! I hope this doesn't raise their prices.
     
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    The real question here is the new firm ware that good or is the old firm ware that bad ?
     
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    IMO, it doesn't matter. It's added value on top of what people have already paid for.
     
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    Fair enough but it raises an interesting question imo.
     
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    Maybe they were just being conservative until they are proven....and to avoid the kind of issues the sandforce drives are experiencing.
     
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    doubtful IMO, in a market where being the fastest is everything I don't think they would gimp their own product, that makes no sense at all.
     
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    If they had the speed to match sandforce drives, but at a similar or higher failure rate, they would have never gained market share. If they were able to get near 99% reliability with a lower price point, but slightly slower speeds, those who either were afraid of sandforce's failure rates, or had been burned by them would flock to Crucial's drives. They spent the time between release and now to work out the bugs in the firmware for increased speed, and now it's ready. If they would have waited until now, people would have said "ho hum, they're not quite as fast, whatever" but by now they have established a reputation and market share for reliability and performance/price.

    Sorry for the rant :p
     
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    Flashed my dad's 64GB M4 last night with my laptop, so far so good. Didn't brick it. :D
     
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    Noticing any discernible difference in speed?
     
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    Perhaps, but one could make the argument they have a reputation for being slow .. . . sorry I'm flippant by nature.
     
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    No worries, everybody's entitled to their opinion. Either of us could be right :)
     
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    Nah I'm just being obtuse, but I am curious what changes were made to make it 20% faster.
     
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    Firmware on the controller can do quite a bit. They may have simply overclocked it for all we know. Would be the same thing as flashing a GPU BIOS from a 6950 to 6970 :)
     
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    Said the same thing, myself.
     
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    damn i'd like one of those for that price
     
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